London, United Kingdom

Language and the Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module is an introduction to Psycholinguistics, an interdisciplinary field of study which aims to understand how humans learn, represent, comprehend, and produce language. It will begin by asking what it means to know a language and explore the nature of our linguistic competence. Students will examine core properties of mental representations and processes involved in acquiring and understanding language, and how linguistic processes unfold in real time. Finally, students will explore issues in perception, production and acquisition in three core domains: speech sounds, words, and sentences.

Course leader

Dr Wing-Yee Chow is a lecturer in Experimental Linguistics at University College London. Prior to this, she was an undergraduate at McGill University; a PhD student at University of Maryland and a postdoctoral researcher at the Basque Center on Cognition,

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Appreciate of the relations between Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology and make links between different areas of Cognitive Science

Appreciate how knowledge is created in Cognitive Science through hands-on experience

Be familiar with major theoretical models of language processing and representation

Have gained a solid understanding of both the research methodologies used in Psycholinguistics and many of the well-established major findings in the field

Have developed active-learning and transferable skills (e.g. critical thinking, communication, and group work skills)

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.